Public Transportation Research Paper

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Public Transportation has served the people of Boston for over one-hundred years, in the form of the T. According to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, “The city’s first electric streetcar was commissioned on January 1, 1889, connecting the Allston Railroad Depot, to Coolidge Corner and Park Square”. This was a direct result of a “race to build the first subway” between rivals: New York and Boston. Likewise, the priority at the time was to build an aesthetically pleasing subway, not one of a functional nature. As a result, the T has been built in inconvenient places with a low standard of quality, over time. The T may be the oldest public transportation system, yet it still runs like it is the oldest. Something must be done about…show more content…
It is quite astonishing that a simple investment could be released back into the economy, with a five-hundred percent increase. Furthermore, the American Public Transportation Association estimates, “Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs.” Putting food on the table, buying a house, and ensuring financial security--these can all be achieved by having a job. In the competitive mindset of the American workforce, extra jobs are always needed. Investments in public transportation not only put more money into the economy, but these also can create a multitude of job opportunities. In turn, those who are struggling would be given an opportunity to turn this around. Consequently, those individuals receiving jobs from the T would be putting money back into the economy with daily purchases, ultimately creating a cycle of fueling the economy. An improved T would not only provide for the economy, but also for the…show more content…
As reported by APTA, “By taking public transportation instead of driving, an average household would save $9,499, the equivalent of a year’s supply of food.” At a glance, this is a tremendous amount of savings from making the simple switch to public transportation. Additionally, the T saves wasted time otherwise spent sitting in lanes of traffic on busy Boston streets. Another study by the APTA found that, “In 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time in 498 urban areas.” These saved hours are potentially billions of salvaged dollars, not being flushed down the toilet. As a matter of fact, a share of this money could potentially be put towards upgrading the T. Although, on the other hand, the opposition to public transportation claims that public transportation costs more money than it is saving. They claim that money to invest in the T would be coming from the taxpayers pocket, raising taxes in the process. This is completely untrue. A 2015 funding chart from Transport for London shows, “47% [of London’s total 10.2 billion pounds in funding comes from fares].” This astonishing amount of money adds up to 4.8 billion pounds, equivalent to about 6 billion dollars! Instead of funding coming from taxpayers pockets, the MBTA could mirror the methods of Transport for London, as they appear to be incredibly effective. In turn, the T-fare

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